Historical Home Commission


The Bund Home pastel architecture painting       18 inches x 24 inches   SOLD
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I was so honored when our close friends asked me to paint a portrait of their beautiful home. And scared silly. There. I’ll admit it. (It seems I live my art career in fear mode a lot of the time…)

Their gorgeous house was built in the early 1900s and is in perfect condition. The family has preserved the land and building so that it will never be altered. It will never have a gas station defacing the land nor will the house be painted a bright, trendy fuschia. It will always remain the way the original owners had created it. They have continued this commitment to history with their farm in Northern Michigan as well.

But that meant I really had to get it right. Which can be a little frightening. I took lots of photos from April through July at different times of the day to find the most appealing view, with sunlight illuminating the structure. I sent them some options to choose from and we agreed on a composition.

I began by covering a UArt pastel board with a gradated pastel blend of pink at the top, orange in the middle and yellow at the bottom. I then used a dark NuPastel to block in the darkest areas, and brushed them in with mineral spirits to create a permanent under painting. I slowly added 3 or 4 layers of local color to bring the piece to completion.

The new portrait owners liked the painting very much and sent me a photo of it framed on their wall. Can you see my friend taking the photo reflected in the glass?

 


This artwork was created with:
Paper: UArt Paper on board
Medium: Rembrandt Pastels
and Sennelier Pastels

TIps for a Successful Open Studio Event

WHEW!

I needed some time to recover from the Open Studio. I think I’m back to normal now.

I’d heard about artists holding open studios for years but never could get it together to have one of my own. And to be honest, I was a little afraid. What if no one came? What if people came but didn’t like the work? What if….?

Continuing on my theme of “Doing what scares me most,” I decided this would be the year I took the big step of opening up my studio, my art and my heart to the public… And it was WONDERFUL! It was a lot of work but I definitely felt it was worth it. You might want to try it too! I’ll tell you about a few of the things we did to make the event successful…

I designed a postcard that was consistent with my brand, sending it to my full mailing list and dropping it off at framing shops, art classes and the galleries that represent me. (Actually, I forced it on everyone I knew.) I posted it on Facebook and Instagram 5 or 6 times and I wrote about it on my blog. Having a career in advertising has made it easier for me to do one of the hardest things artists have to do: promote themselves. But if we don’t do it, no one will find us… or our art.

My wonderful Studio Assistant, Emily, helped me frame, hang and price the paintings. We cleaned and organized the studio. (I hardly recognized it.) We hung the living and dining room with Italy paintings. My “foodie” husband handled all of the refreshments, including purchasing, plating and serving. What a sweetheart! I made sure I had invoices and change for those who paid with cash or check, and Square for credit card purchases. I created lawn signs to lead patrons to my studio.

And then we waited.

Over the weekend over 100 people came. Sales were brisk and three people requested I paint commissions for them. At least 3 artists signed up for my upcoming workshop in April.

I saw old friends and met lots of new people interested in art. At the very least, I was hoping the event would be an “image builder:” marketing that lets people know about my product and creates a future relationship with them, but not necessarily sales. My Open Studio more than met my expectations.

What did I forget? Never thought about taking photos. Duh. (Thanks to my friends Linda and Ann for taking a few!) I didn’t put out a guest book to capture addresses and emails for future marketing. Duh again. And OOPS! Didn’t post my event on local arts and news calendars.

Oh, well…Next year!

 

Open Studio Italy Paintings

Here are just a few of the many Italy paintings, oil and pastel, that will be available at my Open Studio this weekend.  All paintings are discounted 10% only on this special weekend. They make perfect Holiday gifts or a little treat for yourself…

Stop by, I’d love to meet the people who follow my blog in person. Or contact me this weekend if you see something that perks your interest. I will give you the same discount!

Saturday, December 2nd: Noon-8pm      Saturday, December 3rd: Noon-5pm
3232 Candor Court, Saline, Michigan 48176

 

Open Studio Pastel Paintings

Here are just a few of the many pastel paintings that will be available at my Open Studio this weekend.  All paintings are discounted 10% only on this special weekend. They make perfect Holiday gifts or a little treat for yourself…

Stop by, I’d love to meet the people who follow my blog in person. Or contact me this weekend if you see something that perks your interest. I will give you the same discount!

Saturday, December 2nd: Noon-8pm      Saturday, December 3rd: Noon-5pm
3232 Candor Court, Saline, Michigan 48176

 

Open Studio Oil Paintings

Here are just a few of the many oil paintings that will be available at my Open Studio this weekend.  All paintings are discounted 10% only on this special weekend. They make perfect Holiday gifts or a little treat for yourself…

Stop by, I’d love to meet the people who follow my blog in person. Or contact me this weekend if you see something that perks your interest. I will give you the same discount!

Saturday, December 2nd: Noon-8pm      Saturday, December 3rd: Noon-5pm
3232 Candor Court, Saline, Michigan 48176

 

 

 

 

 

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